Bumper price for Arabica coffee beans in market

There is a good news for Arabica coffee growers of Kodagu. As the Arabica coffee entered the market, the coffee has received bumper price. Arabica coffee has fetched good price for the first time in the last 25 to 30 years
The production of coffee in Brazil and Columbia have decreased. As a result, there is a great demand for Indian coffee. Coffee companies have started purchasing Arabica coffee in advance from the growers.

At present, Arabica parchment coffee bag costs Rs 6,800 to Rs 7,000. One kg coffee fetches Rs 175. Last year, the price of coffee was Rs 4,500. There is also good price for Arabica cherry coffee. Last year, it was Rs 2,000. This year, it has been increased to Rs 3,100.

The price of Robasta coffee is same as last year. Robasta coffee fetches Rs 2000 per bag. However, Robasta coffee will enter the market within one or two months, said coffee planter P K Devaiah.

Though there is a steep rise in the price of coffee in the international market, owing to heavy rains and untimely rains, coffee harvest has been damaged in the district.

“On the one hand we lost coffee harvest due to heavy rains. On the other, owing to untimely rain, coffee beans have started falling in the month of November. Inspite of bumper price, we can not enjoy it,” said a grower.

Low production

According to an estimate, 130 million coffee bags will be produced in the world in 2009-10. However, owing to heavy rains, untimely rains and borer disease, the production will be 127.5 million, said Coffee Board Deputy Director N Rangaswamy Reddy.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said “in India, based on pre monsoon shower, we had estimated that coffee production would be 306,400 metric tonne. However, according an estimate, after the rainfall, the production will be 290,000 metric tonne. Overall, there is reduction of 16,400 metric tonne coffee production in the country. In the state, the coffee production will be 206,100 metric tonne.”

Less production in Kodagu

Kodagu was forerunner in the production of coffee. However, there is 5.40 per cent reduction in coffee production, said Coffee Board.

Looking at pre monsoon shower, coffee board has estimated that 117,975 metric tonne coffee will be produced in Kodagu.

However, after the monsoon, the estimated production is only 111,600 metric tonne. Compared to last year, Arabica production has been reduced by 1,300 metric tonne while, Robasta by 5,075 metric tonne.

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Increase subsidy to 50 % says Kodagu Growers Federation

Kodagu Growers Federation has, in a memorandum to the Union Government, sought an increase in the subsidy being given for quality upgradation of coffee to 50 per cent from the existing 20 per cent-25 per cent.

Mechanisation of farm activity was the only way out to steer clear of the labour shortage and the 50 per cent subsidy should cover purchase of farm equipment such as coffee harvesters and weed cutters.

Copies of the memorandum have been sent to the Prime Minister, the United Progressive Alliance Chairperson, the Union Finance Minister, the Chief Minister of the State, the Union Commerce Minister, the Mysore MP and elected representatives from Kodagu.

– The Hindu

Silver Oak trees harmful to coffee plantations: IISc

Silver Oak Tree

Silver Oak Tree

Raising Silver Oak Trees within the coffee plantations as shade trees would prove disastrous to the coffee growing areas, a research conducted by the Centre for Wild Life Sciences of the Indian Institute of Sciences(IISc) said today.

Talking to newspersons here, jointly organised by the United Planters Association of South India (UPASI) and Karnataka Planters Association(KPA) here, Coffee Board Chairman G V Krishna Rau said in the interest of the Coffee Industry, raising of Silver Oak Trees in coffee plantations as shade tree must be discouraged.

Sharing the research results of the IISc on Silver Oak trees at Coffee plantations in Karnataka, Mr Rau said, compared to natural and mixed shade trees, the silver oak trees would cause more radiation, emit higher temperature and reduce humidity in plantation.

The study also suggests more content of aluminium in the Silver Oak leaves would cause immense damage to the plantation soil.

It also proved as unfriendly tree for the birds to hatch and habitate.

”Excessive dependence on Silver Oak trees would hamper the Coffee Industry in future and hence there was a need to discourage it and opt for restoring natural and healthy shade trees,” the Chairman said, adding Coffee Board would also join hands with the Planters in its endeavour.

Stating that Indian Coffee Industry would face stiff challenges due to increased competition from Vietnam, Indonesia and FTA with ASEAN countries, Mr Raju said it could be effectively tackled by upgrading technology, pumping more investment and popularaising coffee more in the domestic market.

Recent rains in the region would prove boon for the coffee crop, both robust and arabica varieties and the country would meet its production target, he added.

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Growers plan Kodagu bundh on Nov 16

CoorgKodagu Growers Federation has warned for calling Kodagu bundh on November 16 if the government fails to announce special package to Coffee by November 15. 


Addressing reporters, Federation office-bearers Naresh said Centre has been delaying the announcement of the package for the last one year. Banks will initiate tough action if the loan is not waived off/paid by December. This will have an impact on the growers.

District administration and elected representatives should pressurise the Centre to announce the package by November 15, he added. Whole economy of Kodagu is dependent on coffee. All the business establishments and vehicle owners should voluntarily take part in the bundh, he appealed.

Coffee Board former vice-president Dr Sannuvanda Kaveriappa said coffee growers are yet to revive from the steep fall in the price in 2002. The value of interest has gone up when compared to the loan in banks.
After the farmers committed suicide, under Vidarbha package, Rs 2,650 crore special grants were released to the six districts. Of which Rs 400 crore was distributed to each district. However, the funds were not utilised properly. He said in 2008, a sum of Rs 1,236.53 crore was sent to the Centre for loan waiver.

Federation President Kattimandaiah urged the district administration to release the available Rs 13 crore after seeking approval from government.

[Source: Deccan Herald]